The City of Cranbrook is investigating how to improve accessibility issues with taxis.
This from CAO David Kim following Council’s request Monday, that updating taxi license requirements be explored.
Kim says as Cranbrook grows, accommodating all of its citizens is paramount, including those with power wheelchairs.
He explains taxis are very critical, although they do not fall under the city’s jurisdiction.
He adds the administration is working with the province and taxi industry to provide additional services for disabled individuals.
The province oversees the Taxi Bill of Rights for drivers and passengers, while municipalities distribute business licenses.
Complaints from BC People First recently highlighted that no taxi serivce within Cranbrook can transport a powered chair.
The local HandyDART service through BC Transit is available by apppointment, but doesn’t travel to the Canadian Rockies International Airport.
City of Cranbrook CAO, David Kim –
– Keira O’Loughlin